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The Custom BIONICLE Wiki is a BIONICLE fan fiction wiki, which was created on September 13, 2007. Since its creation, it has been merged with the BioFanFic wiki, created on November 22, 2009. It is one of the largest wikis on Wikia as well as one of the largest fan fiction wikis.
The wiki mascot is the Order of Mata Nui member Brutaka, since his mask, the Kanohi Olmak, can take its user into universes full of infinite possibilities, such as the ones portrayed within the fan fictions of this site.
The Custom BIONICLE Wiki was created on September 13, 2007 by LittlemanJ95. The wiki was left abandoned for a week until ToaAuserv joined and uploaded an image of his brother's MOC Krakana. The site began to gather attention, but only from a small number of scattered users. Only seven users joined in the wiki's first month.
November, however, saw an explosion of article creation, mostly due to the users Crazy-Lihkan38 and Toatapio nuva (now Toatapio Nuva), who helped reach the 100-article mark in only a few short weeks. Over the next months, the membership began to increase gradually, most of the users having come from other wikis.
As LittlemanJ95 had been inactive for two months, the prominent user known as The Oracle23, or "Seth," created a voting page to elect new administrators in February. The decision was eventually made to promote two users (The Oracle and Toa Retyk) to administrators, and make Crazy-Lihkan 38 a bureaucrat. Littleman was then demoted to a regular member. However, mere days later, Toa Retyk stopped editing. He has not been seen since.
The Oracle then created a website known as Oracle Nui to support Custom BIONICLE, the main location for Custom BIONICLE and Bioniclepedia site discussion. It was replaced by the Wiki Metru Forums in April 2009. That month, a MOC competition for all users to enter was started.
In April, the 100th member joined. Three months later, Custom BIONICLE reached the 1000-article mark, which began an extreme rate of expansion. By the end of January, the amount had nearly tripled, though the speed has slowed since then.
Seeing as The Oracle was the most active member on the wiki, Wikia staff member Sannse promoted him to bureaucrat status, and The Oracle promoted Hodoka2, one of the first members of the wiki, to help run the site with Crazy-Lihkan.
In May of 2008, The Oracle requested to Wikia staff that the BioFanFic Wiki, created by Xion622, be merged with Custom BIONICLE. The decision was made, and on June 3, 2008, the articles were imported. BioFanFic was from then on closed, redirecting to this site. Xion was made an administrator due to his contributions on BioFanFic, but has been mostly offline. He last made a major edit on February 15, 2009, and has only been seen three times since. Once again, The Oracle found himself as only one of two active administrators, and promoted Pirakafreak24.
During November 2008, a vandal known as Makuta Krika was banned on BIONICLESector01 Wiki. He turned to the administrators of Bioniclepedia for help, but when they refused, he began a vandalizing spree using numerous duplicate accounts, most starting with "Atukam" (a backward spelling of "Makuta"). The spree eventually spread to Custom BIONICLE, and he was repeatedly blocked. He eventually promised not to vandalize again.
The event resulted in the promotions of Toatapio Nuva to a rollback and OsmiuMap to an administrator due to their roles in the crisis, and The Oracle made ArchlordZerato-Player812 a rollback soon after.
In December, a contest was held to determine the new wiki logo. The last chronicler's entry won, and on December 19 it was re-uploaded as the wiki image. The Best Page of the Year contest was also introduced that month; created by Makuta Kaper. The winner was Vavakx, created by Diebeq5b.
On January 10, the first Board meeting took place on an IRC channel, and the Board of Trustees discussed many changes to the wiki. The decisions were made to place Toatapio Nuva in charge of the MOC competition, to start a story contest, and to remove links to the site from YouTube.
On January 31, Panakalego of BIONICLEpedia met with other members of Custom BIONICLE and Bioniclepedia to discuss moving to a new platform. Preliminary planning for Custom BIONICLE's move began, and on July 29, BIONICLEpedia's move was completed. This site remained in a state of preparation for the Move, and continued to be so for months. During this time, all official activity (the MOC contest, the story contest, and the Main Page templates) was halted.
Hodoka2 was not present at the January 31 meeting, as he left the site the day previously. He has since gone to another website, and has no plans to return. ArchlordZerato-Player812, OsmiuMap, and Pirakafreak24 left soon after, and even Crazy-Lihkan, the wiki's first bureaucrat, vanished from the site within a few short months of January. The Oracle, who had been active less and less for the past months, promoted Toatapio Nuva to bureaucrat, seeing as, once again, the wiki was losing its administrators. The Oracle has not yet returned.
Eventually, as Toatapio Nuva began leaving the wiki for longer periods of time, just as The Oracle had done before him, he promoted TheSlicer so that someone could monitor wiki activities while he was gone. The Move remained only a planned event, and after months of delay the decision was made to cancel it. During that time, TheSlicer began the early stages of an Improvement Drive to fix a number of the wiki's articles that weren't as up to par with others.
Early in 2010, TheSlicer, deciding that the wiki required a default information template (as various kinds were being used at the time), had a lengthy discussion with Toatapio Nuva and the conclusion was that templates modified from their BIONICLESector01 counterparts could be used. Another discussion on the forums led to the demotion of most of the inactive administrators.
In April, a sister wiki to this site, BIONICLE Crossovers Wiki, was created for users to showcase their non-BIONICLE fictions.
At the start of November, the first of a new set of policies was implemented by a community vote, with these particular rules regarding matters such as how articles should be organized, how administrators should behave, and the general style of this wiki. An important new rule was that all users are equal, including administrators (although they are allowed to make decisions on some trivial wiki matters, such as article protection).
Following the implementation of several new policies, TheSlicer requested for the older bureaucrats to be demoted by the Wikia staff. The vote for sysop status was set up again, resulting in the promotion of three active users, Biogecko, ToaFairon, and Varkanax39, to administrators. Chicken Bond was promoted to bureaucrat.
Chicken Bond's Mersery was the winner of the third annual Best Page of the Year contest.
The wiki continued to prosper soundly at the beginning of 2011, with numerous efforts being initiated amongst site members to maintain full activity and development. Following a large drive to categorize pages, the site was featured in May, and a recruiting campaign begun among the users.
Two rollbacks were promoted, Shadowmaster and Baterra1202, and another new administrator, ThatDevilGuy, was accepted into the community. On the 4 July 2011, TheSlicer officially announced his retirement from his position as Bureaucrat and Administrator, and also announced his departure from active wiki life. He was replaced as unofficial site leader by Chicken Bond.
From there on, the wiki began emphasizing the expansion of the community through adveristement on other BIONICLE-based websites or groups, particularly on the sites YouTube, MOCpages, deviantArt, and FanFiction. This was also part of a plan to universally increase the members of the Wiki Metru Forums and all its family sites, including Herofactopedia, Custom Hero Factory Wiki, The BIONICLE Wiki and the Custom BIONICLE Wiki itself. The advertisement campaign had a degree of success, with many users signing up to create their own advertisements to promote the wiki to the broader BIONICLE community.
On September 7th, Administrators Biogecko and ToaFairon were demoted from their sysop status due to their lack of activity on the wiki. On sheer coincidence, veteran member Crazy-Lihkan38 also announced his retirement from his position as bureaucrat and administrator on the very same day, in order to allow more active and heavily involved wiki members to take his place. Despite this, he reassured the wiki he would still remain active as a regular user.
Soon after, a new community vote for administrators was held, and two active users, Shadowmaster and SubAqua were given sysop privileges. Users Jman98 and Liopleurodonferox (now known as PepsiCola99) were promoted to rollback.
After recommendation from Shadowmaster and further discussion among the community, it was decided that the Board of Trustees (which had been disbanded after its powers were effectively rendered defunct due to the changes to wiki policy) would be reformed and reinstated, and new members were elected onto the Board. The second Board's first official meeting was then held on Wiki Metru Forum's Mibbit chatroom, in regards to the color codings given to staff members.
On October 15th,for videos specifically related to the wiki was established in order to aid the advertisement campaign. In the same month, the community decided to establish a monthly podcast serial hosted by the staff and special guests. Whilst the podcast was cancelled on February 10, 2012 due to the staff's inability to find time to record, it was revived later that year. As of 2013, it has been on hiatus.
At the beginning of February, the wiki staff decided to trial out the new Message Wall function provided by Wikia for one week. As a result, the original talk page system was temporarily replaced by the new Message Wall. After heated debates among the users, the wiki eventually voted against the Message Wall, resulting in its removal in favor of the original talk pages.
On the February 11, Jareroden97 announced his retirement from all staff duties (including his position as a bureaucrat), so as to better maintain his own fictional storyline and upcoming projects. Despite this, he remains a fully-active contributor in the community and a member of the Board of Trustees, stating that his retirement would not affect his activity. On the 15th of February, administrator Shadowmaster was promoted to bureaucrat, so as to take Jareroden97's place.
On 2nd of June, the first wiki podcast was recorded by users Chicken Bond, Jman98, Varkanax39, Jareroden97 and Wiki Metru Forum leader Panakalego. This marked the official revival of the wiki podcast project, with individual episodes being posted monthly by the staff on YouTube. On the 15th of June, administrator SubAqua announced his retirement from his position as administrator, though he remains an active contributor to the community. A community Vote for Adminship went underway soon afterward, and rollback PepsiCola99 was voted in as an administrator and Echo 1 as rollback; both were promoted on the 20th of June.
On the 27th of June, a Board of Trustees meeting was held, where it unanimously agreed that Toa Roden would be immediately promoted to rollback status without a community vote needing to be held. On the 31st of June, Baterra1202 announced his retirement from his rollback position. Later, on August 30, PepsiCola99 announced his retirement from the position of administrator.
In response to the retirement of these staff members, Rollback Jman98 was reinstated into his old role and position on the 15th of September, per a unanimous vote by the members of the Board of Trustees. A community vote was then held to increase the number of Rollbacks on the wiki. On September 22nd, users Amanda113122 and Valentin 98 were voted by the community into rollback positions and both were promoted.
In addition, the Board also voted for the creation of several new expansions to wiki to exist alongside the YouTube channel. Five such expansions were made on the sites deviantArt, Tumblr, Weebly, MOCpages and Twitter. Since the 4th of August, an official wiki-wide art contest has been hosted by the community of the site. The Brutaka Artwork Contest, created by staff member Shadowmaster, seeks to have an art piece of the site mascot, Brutaka, included in the wiki's background skin. Currently, the contest remains open for entries, as judging has not commenced yet.
On the 28th of September, the Board of Trustees met and established new policies regarding the promotion of Bureaucrats, Administrators and Rollbacks, resulting in the creation of new requirements and guidelines for staff nomination. During the same meeting, ToaAtraks was elected the head of wiki's deviantArt group and Chicken Bond was elected as the official representative of the Board of Trustees on the Wiki Metru Forums. In addition, a new penalty was introduced, whereby repeated ignorers of the Manual of Style would be given a warning then a ban if they continued to consistently refuse to follow wiki policy.
After nominating himself and passing with a 7-0 majority, user Jman98 was promoted to administrator on the 28th of October. On December 9, 2012, the first MATA premiered on YouTube.exclusive series
Quest for the Masks, a retelling the original three years of BIONICLE, written by Echo 1, was the fifth Best Page of the Year.
Despite the end of BIONICLE, this site continued to grow. At the beginning of 2012, the wiki still remained fully active, and many users still continue to ensure that the community grows and develops. Carrying on from the success of the advertisement campaign from 2011, many members are still striving to see new users come to the wiki.
As of January 5, 2013, the Podcast is planned for a reboot, listed as a "Season 2," in order to make it more organized and watchable. During the same month, 21bub21 offered to make a banner for the community, which will be included as part of a greater plan to alter the layout of the Main Page. Not long after, on February 2, the Custom BIONICLE Wiki created on the social networking site Facebook following a vote in the Matoran Council Chamber. In addition, the community later agreed to a wiki-wide revamp, which would see the site adopt a new skin inspired by 2001 era of BIONICLE.
On April 1st, the staff members carried out an elaborate prank whereby the wiki adopted a My Little Pony motif. The 'vandal attack' was jokingly blamed on Trombone Twister, a sock puppet account created by the staff to function as the "villain" of the occasion. The account was briefly granted staff powers so it could change the wiki in whatever way possible, though they were removed when the joke concluded and the wiki reverted to its normal state.
On May 3rd, administrator Jman98 unveiled an updated version of the wiki's official logo, and the refined version has since been put to use. On June 18, Echo 1 was added to the official roster of the Board of Trustees. Days later, on June 21, rollback Amanda113122 was demoted due to her lack of frequent activity. Later, on the 29th July, the first stages of the wiki's skin revamp began.
On October 7th, writing contests starting with the Halloween Writing Contest were introduced as a new way of getting the community more involved with the site. On November 13th, 2013, a wiki-wide cleanup, dubbed The Bohrok Initiative, was initiated by administrator Jman98. The goal was to delete any articles marked with the Wikify, Stub, or Delete templates. The reason being a restructure of the site, including more enforcement of the Manual of Style. This resulted in the deletion of a number of pages. Along with this, the Brutaka Artwork Contest was tweaked and renamed to simply the Brutaka Contest. Later on, Custom BIONICLE began forming affiliations with other BIONICLE sites, such as Solis Magna and The Three Virtues. On November 27th, ThatDevilGuy officially announced his retirement as an administrator, citing disagreements with the staff and his own personal inactivity. Not long after, in 2014, he also stepped down from his position on the Board of Trustees.
The year 2014 kicked off with the official conclusion of the Brutaka Contest. The voting period began on the 3rd of January and concluded later on the 9th January. The winning entry (pictured right) was created by Sidorak12814, and it has since been incorporated into the background of the wiki's Oasis skin.
On February 14th, Custom BIONICLE parted ways with the Wiki Metru Forums after six years in order to move forward and create a website of it's own. On the same day, Custom BIONICLE unveiled it's new official forums site where users could get involved with upcoming events, read reviews, and interact with other members using the site's instant chat, and more.
March 2014 signified a great change in the wiki staff. On March 6th, Chicken Bond resigned temporarily from the bureaucrat position and demoted himself to rollback in order to attend to academic matters, with Jman98 being promoted to bureaucrat in his place. On the same day, a rollback vote was held, and on March 8th, BobTheDoctor27, victorious in his bid for the position by a vote of 18 - 0, was promoted to rollback. Shortly after, as a precaution, Chicken Bond was made an Administrator. This was done so that he could be better relied upon in any emergency situations where his support would be required. Subsequently, votes were held for the demotion of Valentin 98 and Varkanax39 from the rollback and administrator positions, respectively. Both votes were successful, and on March 10th, both users were demoted. Following this, Varkanax39 announced his retirement from active wiki life, as well as the Board of Trustees.
At the end of March, BobTheDoctor27 was promoted to administrator after a vote of 15-0 in his nomination, and Rando07 was subsequently nominated for rollback and promoted on a vote of 7-0. on the 30 June, Toa Roden announced his retirement as rollback and from general wiki life, though noted he could still be found at the forums of BZPower. Shortly after, veteran user and former wiki bureaucrat Jareroden97 returned to the staff as an administrator and FireDrag1091 was voted in as a new rollback.
In early November, the wiki's forums were deleted. Shortly after, the wiki's YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts declared themselves independent from the wiki. This occurred shortly after the retirement of SEDTheEditor, who operated many of the social media after Jman's initial retirement. Jman98's retirement in August also resulted in Chicken Bond being returned to his position of Bureaucrat ahead of time.
Additionally in November, as part of reshuffling, a vote was opened to elect new rollbacks and administrators to the staff, which resulted in the promotion of users Invader39, Vorred, and DeltaStriker to rollback, and then-rollback Rando07 to admin. Around the same time, by popular vote, a wiki chat was reinstalled on the wiki.
At the end of the year, Rock Bottom, written by DeltaStriker, won the title of the seventh Best Page of the Year.
The return of BIONICLE in 2015 was accompanied by a noticeable increase in the number of users present in the wiki community, a process that had begun shortly before LEGO's announcement of the line's return in late 2014. In April, the wiki voted for the demotion of long-serving administrator Jareroden97, who had by that point been largely inactive for more than 7 months. Not long after, voting began for new administrators and rollbacks, and on May 17th, 2015, FireDrag1091 was promoted to administrator. Around the same time, rollback Vorred announced his retirement from the wiki.
In July, campaigns by various members of the wiki for rollback and administrator positions were launched, resulting in the promotion of users Chalk33 and MAZEKA to rollback on July 19th and July 20th, respectively. Shortly after, on July 25th, rollback Vorred was demoted due to inactivity. Around this time, the voting and promotion rules were either reformed or expanded by community vote in the Matoran Council Chamber.
The end of 2015 saw the demotion of Chalk33 as a rollback for inactivity and the resignation of FireDrag from his role as administrator. 2016 subsequently kicked off with a radical reshuffling of the wiki staff. Most significantly, by community vote, Shadowmaster was demoted from his role as Bureaucrat for his general inactivity and BobTheDoctor27 was voted in to take his place. Simultaneously, the community also elected rollbacks Invader39 and DeltaStriker to positions of administrator, whilst BionicleChicken and Pitcat were elected to fill in the rollback vacancies. Further changes occurred in early February, when veteran user Chicken Bond announced his resignation from both the wiki staff and the Board of Trustees on his seventh anniversary.
On March 10th, Echo 1 was demoted from Rollback status due to inactivity, after nearly four years of service. Just before his full demotion, he then made a departure from the wiki due to personal reasons outside the wiki.
On April 11th, Rando07 was promoted to Bureaucrat after winning a vote 9 - 0, to take the void left by Chicken Bond. In May DeltaStriker stepped down due to inactivity.
Midway through they year, the Board of Trustees, having long been inactive, was declared defunct by the CBW staff team.
In June, Windfall the wanderer was promoted to the position of Rollback by popular vote. At the end of July, Chalk33 was promoted back into the staff rankings, this time as an Administrator.
With site activity reaching a gradual but nonetheless concerning seasonal decline, an administrative consensus elected to deactivate the wiki chat for a probationary period. Following the discontinuation of the BIONICLE Second Generation setline, however, plans for a new community-based feature were accelerated, prompting the revival of off-site Custom BIONICLE Shivtr forums. However, the overarching solution proved itself to be a dissatisfying one, with the staggered Wiki activity continuing to plummet following the discontinuation of BIONICLE's second setline and with multiple instances of users voicing disapproval. With the forum chat client proven to be a nonviable means of instant communication, wikia chat would later be voted back into use, with the revived forums and a Discord chat client offering additional off-site ventures.
In the month of October, Rando07 announced his resignation from the Administrative Staff, owing primarily to pronounced inactivity. In his place, Invader39 ran for a bureaucrat position, winning the position by a majority 8 - 1 consensus on November 1st. On November 20th, Pitcat resigned from the Rollback position due to inactivity. However, on December 8th Maccy1949 filled the vacant rollback position with an 8 - 0 vote. Also in December Chicken Bond came out of retirement to run for Adminstrator to fill a vacancy left when Rando07 retired. He was promoted December 21st with a 6 - 0 winning vote.
The eighth annual Best Page of the Year contest was won by BobTheDoctor27's Thode.
Reinvigorated by the new year, hopeful for the future and in anticipation of celebrating the wiki's tenth anniversary, the userbase experienced a considerable expansion as early as January. With the wiki's official Tumblr account revived and a request made for the site to appear on the Wiki Spotlight once more, the site began to regain its social media presence on more even foundations. According to the wikia directory, the wiki was once more ranked as one of the most powerful fan-fiction based wikis.
At the end of January user ToaGonel was promoted to Rollback with a 7 - 0 majority. In May 2017, the Wiki's spotlight appeared across Wikia, letting people know of its existence and potentially drawing new users to the site. This was the community's second Wikia spotlight and the first since 2011.
Near the end of July ToaGonel was promoted again, this time to Administrator. He was also responsible for the creation of a new wiki bot, Zadakh. Not long thereafter, in September, Vorred returned to the wiki and was promptly reinstalled as Rollback.
As part of the major relaunching of the wiki's social media outlets, CBW set up a new YouTube channel, a Shitvr forum and a Discord chat as well as a new Tumblr blog earlier in the year.
September 13 also marked the ten year anniversary of Custom BIONICLE Wiki. In a celebratory blog post written by the staff, Chicken Bond signed off the occasion with the following tribute:
- "It is easy to be cynical about a site like the Custom BIONICLE Wiki. It is easy to smirk at what it strives to do. As a site that allows the enduring fans of a twice-dead LEGO line to write fanfiction, snarking about the nature and purpose of CBW, as with any BIONICLE site, can feel a little pointed at times. What’s the point of it all? But if this summation of the ten year lifespan of CBW is to begin with one of TheSlicer’s gloomier predictions, then perhaps it is only fitting that it ends with one of his sunnier observations. In the heydays of 2011, he noted that one of the greatest enduring strengths of this wiki was the vast creative sandbox it offered its userbase, how it offered them not only an opportunity to let their imaginations run riot - the chance to let them tell their stories with their voices - but also the chance to learn and improve.
The beating heart of CBW has and always will be storytelling, and it is this distinction that sets it apart from some of the other enduring BIONICLE fan communities. CBW is run by people who are passionate about finding ways of both telling and presenting stories better; it is a community motivated by self-improvement. In 2014, a Wikia Central staff member pointed out that one of the community’s sterner initiatives to clear out articles that did not meet the set standards almost defeated the point of the wiki. To eradicate the wiki of its perceived creative warts did not tell users there was room for improvement, it told them they were not good enough. And among the fine, dedicated members of this community, there has always been a spirit of constructive criticism, and from that has sprung many friendships and many members who can positively verify that as time has passed, through keen listening and constant practice, they have improved as writers or as MOCist or perhaps more broadly as creators. And it is this spirit that keeps fans from ten years ago bound, people who joined months prior intrigued, and just about everyone in-between fussing about other people’s weird headcanons. In its best moments, CBW transcends the trappings of the BIONICLE franchise to become a celebration of how much people care - about telling stories and about each other.
Because here on this wiki, there are always better stories to tell, and there are always friends willing to help you find them.
Happy Anniversary, CBW."
- ―Chicken Bond, 13 September 2017
The occasion was further commemorated through the Ten Year Anniversary Contest, a writing challenge which gave entrees the chance to win a prize. The occasion also marked the reunion of the Custom BIONICLE Wiki with the Custom Hero Factory Wiki, who became sister wikis again for the first time since the dissolution of the Wiki Metru Forums.
Near the end of September, MAZEKA was demoted from Rollback for inactivity.
The year closed with the end of the Ten Year Anniversary Contest, with BionicleChicken's Date Night being voted unanimously as the winner of both the Anniversary Contest and the ninth annual Best Page of the Year competitions.
In April, as part of a venture to encourage more activity on the wiki mainspace, the Wiki Staff decided to disavow the public Discord server, which was believed to be taking away from wiki activity as well as creating a bad image of the site for new contributors. As such, all links to the chat were removed from the wiki.
Near the end of May, Maccy1949 was demoted from Rollback due to inactivity. At the beginning of June, ChineseLegolas was promoted to Rollback in his place, winning with a 6 - 0 vote.
At the end of June, the wiki skin experienced a major revamping. The traditional background featuring Brutaka was replaced by a series of alternating skins featuring landscapes of both Mata Nui and Okoto. These backgrounds were based on an initiative started by the Administration of 2014, which featured artwork from the Mata Nui Online Game.
In November, CaptainLandr0ver was promoted to Rollback, winning with a 5 - 0 majority vote.
The tenth Best Page of the Year was the Toa article, which had been renovated and revamped throughout the year by senior Staff member BobTheDoctor27.
At the beginning of March, Windfall the wanderer stepped down as Rollback.
In the middle of the year, two new contests were announced. The first was the Summer Writing Contest 2019, which was a successor to the one that had been held five years prior. This contest ran from July 1 to October 1, with the winner being Invader39's Chronicle.
The second contest was the Dark Hunter MOC Contest, which was modeled after the contest held by the Custom Hero Factory Wiki in 2018. This contest ran from October 1 to January 7, 2020. The winners of the contest were ChineseLegolas's Lariska and CaptainLandr0ver's Cerben.
The year closed with BionicleChicken's comic Sand And Glass being named Best Page of the Year, the eleventh page to win the contest.